FOR THREE DAYS, IT WAS DARK. News reporters scrambled. This was the biggest story to come along in weeks. They called it a blackout. The last one was in New York City in 2003, but this one was different, special, because the grids in six major cities across the country had been fried, kaput, see-you-next-Sunday. Everyone with some jurisdiction blamed each other, and when there was no one left to blame, terrorism rode in on its gallant steed. It was the media’s fault. They were so busy stuffing fanatical Muslims with a penchant for Allah and decapitations down the American citizen’s throat, that they never saw it coming. I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on them. They were partially right. It was terror after all, but a whole new kind. And when the lights came back on, things had changed. The dark had brought us visitors.
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Read our interview with author Beck Sherman
When and how did the thought of writing a book first come to mind?
The thought of writing a horror novel was always rolling around in my head. In the end, the ideas drove me. I have so many and they’re multiplying, producing offspring. What was I meant to do? Keep them locked away forever? Ideas are like caged animals. They want out.
It started with a bad storm and then evolved into a blackout. The idea for the blackout came, as far as I can remember, after a lot of the book had been written. When I write a book, the ideas rarely come to me in a linear fashion, but I appreciate the challenge. Once I began a book with only a great ending in mind. With Revamp, the rest of the novel was born of my love of vampires, the issue of terrorism, and the idea that people can love a country so much while others can hate it to the same degree.
Revamp brings the “Holy mother of God, what the f**k is that?” back to vampires.
Which author inspires you?
My grandfather used to take my brother and I up to the attic to read the Little Golden Book Up in the Attic about a boy who gets into mischief and ends up giving himself a good fright. I also loved Where the Wild Things Are, There’s a Nightmare in My Closet and anything by Dr. Seuss. As I got a little older, I read Nancy Drew, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe series, and VC Andrews.
Coming from the east coast, I’d have to say The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Headless Horseman supplied many a nightmare. I remember reading a Disney version of the tale starring Mickey Mouse as Ichabod Crane, and the Headless Horseman had a pumpkin for a head, which was a bit more PG.
Are you currently working on anything else?
I love photography, and a few years back, I received my master’s degree in photojournalism from The University of Westminster in
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